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DON'T MISS THE EXCITING EVENING AT PACER'S ANNUAL BENEFIT FEATURING IDINA MENZEL!
Idina Menzel is the voice behind Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, and the powerful multiplatinum Oscar-winning hit “Let it Go.” The Tony Award-winning star of Wicked, Rent, Glee, and If/Then will headline Saturday, April 30, 2016 at PACER’s 34th Annual Benefit, presented by Starkey Hearing Technologies at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Visit PACER.org/benefit or call (952) 838-9000 to reserve tickets, donate to the silent auction, or learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities.
PACER’S UNITY AWARDS: NOMINATE A DESERVING INDIVIDUAL WHO IS GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO PREVENT BULLYING
Do you know someone who has gone above and beyond to prevent bullying? Nominate a deserving individual for the Unity Awards, which were created to honor and celebrate students and others who are leaders in helping to make communities, schools, and online kinder, more accepting places. The Unity Awards will be presented by the Faces of Change, the Youth Advisory Board of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, on Wednesday, May 25 in Bloomington, Minn. The nomination deadline is April 15. Learn more at PACER.org/bullying.
REGISTER NOW FOR PACER’S HOUSING RESOURCE & INFORMATION FAIR APRIL 9
It’s important for parents of teens and young adults with disabilities to explore their options for independent living and housing services and supports during their high school and transition age years. Learn more at the Housing Resource and Information Fair on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at PACER Center. Families can hear a keynote speaker, meet service providers, and discuss housing options, services, and supports. State and county representatives, and resource and referral organizations will be available to answer questions. E-mail email@example.com for more information or call (952) 838-9000. Register now.
HISTORIC 2-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY FOR 2016 MINNESOTA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
The Occupational Grant Pilot Program funded by the legislature through Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education provides grants to students enrolling in qualified one- or two-year programs in a high demand field at a Minnesota State College and University in the fall of 2016. This is a historic, first time opportunity. To be eligible, students must receive their high school diploma or GED in the 2015-2016 year, and be from families earning no more than $90,000 a year. The grant can be used to cover tuition and general fees after other federal and state grants have been applied. There is no separate grant application form; students apply simply by submitting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and an application to an eligible program. Applicants are ranked by submission date, so students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Individuals receiving grants will be notified this summer. Read more>>>
EX.I.T.E. CAMP: APPLY BY MAY 2 FOR EX.I.T.E CAMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS
Register now for the 14th Annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering (EX.I.T.E) Camp for middle school girls with disabilities. Participants do experiments, make new friends, and discover the excitement of science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math (STEAM). The free five-day camp in August enables girls to learn hands-on in a supportive environment, and boost their skills and confidence by working with industry professionals. The registration deadline is May 2 and space is limited. Visit PACER.org/stc for more information and application forms. You can also apply online or call PACER’s Simon Technology Center at (952) 838-9000.
OPEN EBOOKS OFFERS IN-NEED FAMILIES FREE ACCESS TO DIGITAL BOOKS
Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. Children from in-need families can access and read these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app. Open eBooks is a program of ConnectED, President Obama’s signature initiative focused on transforming teaching and learning through digital connectivity and content. Learn more about Open eBooks at openebooks.net.
FEDERAL APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) APPLICATIONS DUE JUNE 30
Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applications are due June 30 for students planning to enroll in a fall 2016 college or technical program. Students requiring assistance with their application can receive free help from Minnesota College Goal. Visit minnesotacollegegoal.org to locate the nearest workshop.
PACER BOARD MEMBER DON MCNEIL RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
On March 10, Don McNeil was awarded the Hennepin County Bar Association Award of Excellence for a Private Attorney for his work for children with disabilities and students who are bullied. Don is a partner at Heley, Duncan & Melander and has devoted countless hours to volunteering with PACER Center. He has served as the organization’s board president and is currently a member of the board of directors. He has a leadership role in PACER’s Annual Benefit and serves as a member of the corporate sponsor committee. Congratulations, Don!
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2017 BUDGET EXPANDS OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Last year marked the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Americans with disabilities have made great progress, but still face challenges such as high unemployment rates. President Obama’s recently released budget for fiscal year 2017 includes education, job training and employment programs that will expand opportunities for people with disabilities and help make sure all Americans have a fair shot at economic security. Learn more.
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PACER Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides services to families of children and young adults with any disability, as well as resources to prevent bullying through PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. For assistance and information, please contact us via e-mail at PACER@PACER.org or call (952) 838-9000. Learn more
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